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About Children's Triathlon in London

Triathlon is a multi-sport consisting of swimming, cycling and running. Races are continuous with no break between the three disciplines. There are also other multisport events to take part in: aquathlon which is a swim-run run format and duathlon where you run-bike-run.

How to get involved

You can go along to a local event (check our the Calendar) and either watch or have a go. If you want to take part you may need to enter before the day. If you decide to enter the event you will be given full instructions in the race information pack

A great way to learn about the sport and get some coaching is to join your nearest club. Make sure you get in touch with the club contact to let them know you are coming along to a training session. Note not all clubs cater for juniors so please check they cater for people your age.

Kit

When you're starting out in the sport you don't need much equipment;

1. Swim: swimsuit & goggles
2. Bike: any bike (in good working order) & cycle helmet
3. Run: trainers, t-shirt & shorts

Junior Series

Each region nationally hosts a junior series set of races. The exact make-up of the races depends on the races which the clubs and / or individuals run each year. The races are independent of Triathlon England or Triathlon London per se, but we work together to gather the results so we can create the excitement of a league for the participating children. The series is historically 10 events, 3 triathlons, 3 duathlons and 4 aquathlons, but this can vary depending on what races the clubs / individuals are able to offer each year. Equally it is not expected that the children race in every event. We work with other regions to co-ordinate our races as best we can, but sometimes this is beyond our control. For more details on the series, check out the series page.

Distances

Triathlon

Childrens triathlon events are open to all those aged 8-19 years. Races involve swimming, cycling and running in succession against the clock. There are some great events and clubs in London to help get you started. 

The maximum race distances for are as follows:

Category Age-Range* Swim Bike (on grass) Bike (on tarmac) Run
Tristars start 8 years 50m 0.8km 1.5km 0.6km
TriStars 1 9-10 years 150m 2.0km 4.0km 1.2km
TriStars 2 11-12 years 200m 4.0km 6.0km 1.8km
TriStars 3 13-14 years 300m 6.0km 8.0km 2.4km
Youth (A) 15-16 years 750m 20.0km 20.0km 5.0km
Junior (B & C) 17-19 years 750m 20.0km 20.0km 5.0km

*Note: Your age is how old you are on 31st December this year. So if you are 10 years old in September you will race in the TriStar 1 category in all races from January 1st this year. This applies to all age groups including seniors.

The distances outlined are the maximum, recommended shorter distances are allowed.

Aquathlon

Aquathlon races are swimming and then running in succession against the clock.

The maximum race distances for are as follows:

Category Age-range Swim (pool) Swim (open-water) Run
TriStars start 8 years 50m min 50m - max 100m 0.6km
TriStars 1 9-10 years 150m min 150m - max 200m 1.5km
TriStars 2 11-12 years 250m min 200m - max 300m 2.0km
TriStars 3 13-14 years 400m min 300m - max 350m 3.0km
Youth (A) 15-16 years 750m 750m 5.0km
Junior (B & C) 17-19 years 750m 750m 5.0km

Duathlon

Duathlon events are run and then bike and then run again, in succession against the clock.

The maximum race distances for are as follows:

Category Age-range Run Bike (grass) Bike (tarmac) Run
TriStars start 8 years 0.4km 0.8km 1.5km 0.2km
TriStars 1 9-10 years 1.2km 2.0km 4.0km 0.4km
TriStars 2 11-12 years 1.6km 4.0km 6.0km 0.6km
TriStars 3 13-14 years 2.0km 6.0km 8.0km 0.8km
Youth (A) 15-16 years 5.0km 20.0km 20.0km 2.5km
Junior (B & C) 17-19 years 5.0km 20.0km 20.0km 2.5km

 

 

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